Today is my very first day of clinicals in the hospital setting. And I’m more nervous than you could ever imagine. I’m sure it will all turn out just fine and I’ll leave feeling like I conquered the world, but that thought doesn’t quite calm the nerves like I would like it to.
What am I scared of? I’m scared of not looking like I know what I’m doing. I know I know what I’m doing, I just have to find the confidence & let that confidence shine through in what I’m doing.
What am I excited for? I’m excited to meet my patient! I’m excited to help them and hopefully help make a difference in their life.
What am I nervous for? I’m nervous I’m going to get a cranky post-op patient that doesn’t like to talk as much as I do and that will tell me to hurry up and get out.
What am I hoping for? It sounds ridiculous but I’m really hoping I don’t have to give any injections or cath anyone. At least not on my first day. Lets save that for week 2, right?
Anyone else lack confidence in these sorts of situations? Any advice on how to fake it? I can’t wait to let you guys know how my first day went & that I survived. Because I’m going to survive. Right?